By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency
The Air Force Recruiting Service participated in its ninth “office hours” tweet chat, #AsktheAF on @usairforce, May 8 and received 32 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, AFRS officials and the Air Force Social Media Team answered questions about enlistment eligibility requirements, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test scores and other career field-specific questions. In case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat.
Q1: Can I get a tattoo sleeve while in the Air Force?
A1: The tattoo policy applies to getting in and while you’re in. Check out http://bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q2: How closely will the USAF and RCAF be able to work in the future, with both countries flying F-35s?
A2: Unfortunately, we cannot predict future joint missions.
Q3: What’s going to happen to the A-10s?
A3: You’ll have to stay posted for more information.
Q4: What are the current honor grad requirements for BMT?
A4: You’ll need to score a 90% or higher on all testable items & be in the top 10% of all graduates.
Q5: What are the current thunderbolt PT requirements?
A5: Males-1.5 mi in 9:30 >; 55 push-ups, 60 sit-ups; 5 pull-ups. Females – 1.5 mi in 12:00>; 32 push-ups; 55 sit-ups, 2 pull-ups.
Q6: What is the average timeframe for someone in the DEP to go to basic training?
A6: There’s a 3-9 month wait time after you process until you go to BMT.
Q7: Is there any way to get a degree while going active duty?
A7: Yes, after completing BMT, tech school and upgrade training, you can take college classes.
Q8. Does the Air Force still use the MAVNI program? If so, what are languages open?
A8: MAVNI is open for French (from African countries). Talk to a recruiter for more info.
Q9: I am green card holder and 30 years old can I enlist the Air Force?
A9: You exceed the age limit, and we do not give age waivers.
Q10: What kind of nursing options are there in the Air Force?
A10: You must have a BSN to be considered, and then you’ll be placed into a specific field based on current needs.
Q11: How many students can go directly into pre-med after they graduate from the Academy?
A11: Contact Academy officials for your answer: http://bit.ly/1obC6iC
Q12: Do we need a certain ASVAB score to be selected for PJ training?
A12: For PJ training, you will need to score AFQT: 50, Gen: 44.
Q13: What are some combat related jobs I can get into after ROTC besides security forces?
A13: You can be a combat rescue officer or special tactics officer. Learn more here: http://1.usa.gov/15E3PMP
Q14: What are the qualifications to become a USAF security forces officer?
A14: Along with being selected, you need a BA, 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. citizen, & more, but OTS boards are currently suspended.
Q15: Are you allowed to make phone calls at BMT?
A15: Phone calls can be made upon arrival, at week 4 and week 7. Other than that, it’s up to your TI.
Q16: I’m from Ghana and want to know how I can apply to enter the Air Force.
A16: You must live in the U.S. for two years, have a valid visa and meet all other requirements.
Q17: What year will the F-35 enter full production?
A17: The F-35 has already been produced as a joint aircraft.
Q18. What is the TACP PAST test? Standard and SOF if possible.
A18: Please refer to the following link: http://1.usa.gov/15E3PMP
Q19: How many times do you have to pass the PAST test before going to basic and your tech school?
A19: Your recruiter will brief you on their standards.
Q20: Is a high school diploma necessary to join the Air Force or will a GED suffice?
A20: If you got your GED through an in-class program, you can enter. If you tested for it you must also have 15 college credits.
Q21: Is there any chance that the A-10 fleet will remain in active service?
A21: The A-10 remains a viable weapon system. No firm determination has been made on the future of this aircraft.
Q22: What type of jobs will crypto linguists be doing in the Air Force?
A22: You will be proficient in transcribing, recording, and analyzing voice communication signals/transcripts
Q23: Can siblings enlist at the same time?
A23: Provided both siblings are qualified, they may enlist at the same time.
Q24: I am a legal resident and 30 years old, I took the ASVAB and had a 77 on the AFQT. Can I enlist in the Air Force?
A24: Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 to apply and in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday.
Q25: Is the Air Force prior service program open to all military branches?
A25: Yes, it’s open to all military branches when it is active provided you’re otherwise qualified. At this time, Prior Service program is suspended with exception of pararescue.
Q26: With the rise of FBW, CPUs and unmanned crafts, how does USAF ensure stick-and-rudder skills are still being learned?
A26: Basic flying skills are taught, and based upon the type of aircraft you will rate, will depend upon the system(s) you will learn.
Q27: Is tactical aircraft maintenance a good job?
A27: If you have displayed the aptitude, it is an extremely good job.
Q28: Are microdermal piercings allowed in the Air Force if they are not visible with clothes on?
A28: Check out the FAQ about tattoos and piercings here: http://bit.ly/15KYpPs.
Q29: What are the requirements of ARC Airmen while on MPA orders to their ARC unit?
A29: This chat is for active duty AF. You will need to contact your Reserve unit for that info.
Q30: Can community college grads w/associates degrees become a commissioned officer?
A30: Must have Bachelors from an accredited university and qualifying GPA to apply for OTS.